THE APPEARANCE OF THE KING
My heart *overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed you forever.
David often spoke of “seeing” the beauty of the Lord. He was describing prophetic visions of the glory of God. The Lord promised these visions would increase in the last days. As you get full of God, many times you will step into that prophetic realm. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of the burning and shining qualities of those touched by the Lord. He spoke of what he called “experimental Christianity”. He often said that true religion effected our hearts as well as our minds. In today’s passage, we see the connection between “seeing” the beauty of the Lord, and spiritual revelation. Charles Spurgeon expressed the connection between revelation and seeing the Lord in his comments on this passage.
“As though the King himself had suddenly appeared before him, the psalmist lost in admiration of his person, turns from his preface to address his Lord. A loving heart has the power to realize its object. The eyes of a true heart see more than the eyes of the head. Moreover, Jesus reveals himself when we are pouring forth our affections towards him. It is usually the case that when we are ready, Christ appears. If our heart is warm it is an index that the sun is shining, and when we enjoy his heat we shall soon behold his light. Thou art fairer than the children of men. In person, but especially in mind and character, the King of saints is peerless in beauty.”
Most people have never thought of the Lord as beautiful. They would describe Him as demanding and, if they were honest, far removed from our daily lives. This idea of beautiful comes from an encounter with the Lord. Have you ever tasted of the beauty and goodness of our God? We can see glimpses of this beauty all all around us. We see it a glorious sunset, a majestic mountain range, the amazing colors of the fall, but despite their beauty, these are only shadows of the real. The glory of God is seen when Jesus steps into your life. Until that time, we may have ideas or beliefs about Him and His goodness, but until we taste Him for ourselves, that is all we have, ideas. When you have that first encounter with the Lord, then you will declare like the psalmist, “You are fairer than the sons of men” because now you have tasted for yourself the goodness of God. From that day on, like David, long to be entranced by His prophetic vision.